Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review.

Monday: Music Tech; Can Blockchain Keep Songwriters From Getting Stiffed?; Disney Embraces Spotify

Tuesday: Pandora; Digital Music Wars at SXSW; Ty Segall, No Lover of Streaming; Spotify Podcasts

Wednesday: Good Lord: Taylor Swift Eyeing Her Own Streaming Service

Thursday: Music Biz + Podcasts; YouTube Music Could Be Awesome – But!

Friday: Spotify to Restrict Some Music to Paying Subscribers Only

 

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Apple, Spotify Head Back to SXSW as Subscription Wars Heat Up

Music and tech fans are making their annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas, this week for the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival.

What began 30 years ago as a showcase for local musicians has morphed into a must attend event for startup entrepreneurs and musical talent alike.“The way they’ve structured the festival is pretty genius,” Canadian-born entrepreneur and musician Jared Gutstadt told BNN in a phone interview. Gutstadt — president, chief creative officer and co-founder of audio creative agency Jingle Punks — is a long-time SXSW attendee. T

his year, his firm will be marketing its partnership with iHeartRadio to create radio jingles on behalf of brands.

Read Article: BNN

Owner of Wolfgang’s Vault in Legal Battle Over Streaming Rights

A music archive regarded as one of the most important collections from the golden age of rock – thousands of tapes and videos featuring such artists as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac – is at the centre of a legal dispute in which Keith Richards and Pete Townshend could be called to testify in a Manhattan courtroom.

The dispute focuses on Wolfgang’s Vault, a concert-streaming service and memorabilia marketplace that owns the archives of Bill Graham, a rock promoter without whom the 60s music scene in San Francisco and New York might have looked very different.

Read Article: The Guardian

SoundCloud’s New Fee Could Be Transformative

Undercutting rival Spotify and others in the industry, SoundCloud is offering consumers music for $4.99 a month. This price is 50% lower than what Spotify offers, according to Bloomberg News.

Yet with both SoundCloud and Spotify being in the red, some are insisting that the lower $4.99 charge could be key for SoundCloud and Spotify to attract more paying users and to make money.

Read Article: Investopedia

Music Business Regains Confidence In the Chinese Market

mobile_music_1487070222 Chinese digital music platforms are gaining more and more attention from music entertainment firms in other countries. On February 27th, leading Chinese digital music platform NetEase Cloud Music and Japan’s biggest music entertainment firm Avex Group Holdings Inc. announced the signing of an agreement forming a strategic partnership that grants the Chinese platform an exclusive license in mainland China to the copyright of all the songs in the Japanese firm’s massive portfolio.

Many of Japan’s leading artists can be found in the portfolio including Ayumi Hamasaki, Every Little Thing, Koda Kumi, Ai Otsuka, AAA and the Wagakki Band. The entire music collection in the portfolio is already available on the NetEase Cloud Music platform for any Chinese user who would like to give some of the tunes a listen.

Chinese music industry insiders said that after years of talks between the two countries’ many firms involved in the music trade going nowhere, this “breakthrough” agreement between NetEase and Avex could mark the beginning of a new era for the sector and a harbinger for similar agreements, not only with other Japanese entertainment firms, but also with owners of large music portfolios in other countries, creating an environment where music, whether from Japan or elsewhere, enjoys the same legal protections in China as it does in the rest of the developed world. Continue reading Music Business Regains Confidence In the Chinese Market

Avex, NetEase Cloud Music to Deliver Copyright-protected Japanese Music to Chinese Audiences

image Japan’s biggest music entertainment firm, Avex Group, and leading Chinese digital music platform, NetEase Cloud Music, announced the signing of an agreement forming a strategic partnership that grants the Chinese platform an exclusive license to Japanese music copyrights in mainland China. Both parties have said that they are committed to the introduction and promotion of a legal framework for the protection of the copyright of Japanese music in the mainland China market.

With the signing of the agreement, Avex has granted NetEase Cloud Music the exclusive license in mainland China to the copyright of the entire inventory of songs of artists that have signed with Avex, placing NetEase Cloud Music in the position of being the platform with the largest collection of Japanese music with proper copyright protection in mainland China. At the same time, the Chinese platform will become the exclusive management agent for the copyrights of these songs in mainland China, in terms of promotion, sales and distribution of the music as well as administration of the copyright, in a move to help Avex expand in the market. Continue reading Avex, NetEase Cloud Music to Deliver Copyright-protected Japanese Music to Chinese Audiences

Country Music May be Pandora’s Secret Weapon

pandoraWhen Pandora Media Inc. launches its $10-a-month music service next month, it faces steep competition from a host of more established streaming providers.

But the Internet-radio giant has an edge with one relatively untapped fan base that has long been willing to pony up for tunes, albeit often in the form of CDs at Wal-Mart: country music lovers.With 55 million of its 78 million active monthly listeners having tuned into its “Today’s Country” station, Pandora is a trusted brand in the country world, said Cindy Mabe, president of Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group Nashville.

The country-music subsidiary says 10 of its artists each have had songs streamed on Pandora more than 1 billion times.

Read Article: MarketWatch